Working Together






Contractors working on a bridge replacement.Contracting

The Huron-Manistee National Forests are a substantial contributor to the economies of local communities through contracting with various businesses and citizens for the procurement and acquisition of goods and services. Services are acquired through contracts, purchasing, and other various contract tools.

Contracted services included:

  • Tree thinning projects
  • Construction of trails
  • Janitorial services
  • Construction needed for repair and construction of facilities
  • And other various commodities and services.

Purchases from local vendors for needed supplies to support fire incidents include:

  • Water, fuel, batteries, medical supplies, mechanic services, tires, etc.
  • Lodging, portable toilets, and equipment rentals such as bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, water trucks, pack strings, etc.

What a Contractor Needs to Know

Contractors working on a paving project.The Huron-Manistee National Forests receive procurement support for acquisitions over $25,000 from the Lake States Acquisition Team. Acquisitions below $25,000 are processed by the Huron-Manistee National Forest’s Purchasing Office.

In addition to the Huron-Manistee, the Lake States Acquisition Team provides shared services for contracting and acquisition to the:

The following three sites provide information on contracting with the federal government:

  • The Federal Business Opportunities website, known as FedBizOpps, is where commercial vendors may search and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community, including the Forest Service.
  • National information for Forest Service Acquisition, including a helpful checklist for contractors, can be found at Forest Service Acquisitions
  • The USDA Forecast of Contracting Opportunities lists planned procurement opportunities for the current fiscal year.

Contact Information

USDA Forest Service
Lake States Acquisition Team

500 Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone: 715-362-1187
Fax: 715-362-1188



Working Together: Trail Maintenance

 People of all ages and abilities help the Forest Service care for the land and serve communities.  Volunteers are kids and young adults, recent graduates, retirees, corporate teams, community service organizations and individuals.  And volunteer activities are as diverse as the people who volunteer.  Have a skill and want to use it to help the Forests?  Or are you looking to learn a new skill?  The commitment you make is up to you. You can volunteer part of your time or full-time, and you can choose how long you volunteer for – one day, one week, a month, a year or even longer.  And if a posted volunteer opportunity requires training, we will train you. Click the link to find out what volunteer opportunities are available on the Huron-Manistee National Forests.

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